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Weston McKennie: Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, 6:30 AM
After missing out last weekend as Schalke came back from the international break with a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim, it’s unclear if McKennie will be able to return from the muscle injury that led to his absence. He’ll certainly hope to be back in the squad for the Revierderby against Dortmund, one of Germany’s biggest rivalry matches. Schalke have won two of the last three meetings, including a memorable 4-2 win last spring against a nine-man Dortmund.
Zack Steffen: Fortuna Dusseldorf at Paderborn, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Steffen continues to star in goal for his loan side
Tyler Adams: RB Leipzig at Freiburg, Saturday, 6:30 AM
Adams has returned to full-team training, although he still wasn’t ready for inclusion in the midweek when Leipzig beat Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League. He seems about ready to return to the pitch, and this week could be the one to reintroduce the midfielder as Leipzig play a Cup game in between Bundesliga battles with Freiburg and Mainz. He may or may not be in the 18-man squad Saturday, but regardless, Adams seems close.
Josh Sargent: Werder Bremen at Bayer Leverkusen, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Following his second goal of the season last weekend against Hertha, Sargent will look for more, albeit in a much tougher matchup, when Bremen visit Leverkusen. The 19-year-old has been solid in his starts recently, so he very well may earn another nod in Florian Kohfeldt’s XI. The task at Leverkusen will be significant, though, and Sargent will have to work hard against a quality Bayer side that leads the league in percent possession
John Brooks: Wolfsburg vs. Augsburg, Sunday, 7:30 AM
Brooks has returned to the bench for Wolfsburg, but he hasn’t yet worked his way back into the starting lineup after recovering from injury. He hasn’t played since August 31. A home match against a poor Augsburg side could be an opportunity to reintroduce the center back, but with Wolfsburg still unbeaten in league play (four wins and four draws), it’s uncertain whether or not he’ll make the XI.
Christian Pulisic: Chelsea at Burnley, Saturday, 9:30 AM
Twice in a row, Pulisic has made a big difference as a second-half substitute Chelsea, helping the side to a 1-0 win last weekend against Newcastle before providing the assist on the only goal of Tuesday’s 1-0 UCL triumph over Ajax. His improved form has Frank Lampard reportedly weighing whether to hand the 21-year-old winger a start this weekend at tough-to-break-down Burnley or instead deploy him as fresh legs against tired ones once again. One thing is sure: this has been a very good stretch for the USMNT’s shining star.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle vs. Wolves, Sunday, 7:00 AM
Yedlin has played twice since returning from injury, starting against Manchester United and Chelsea. Seeing as how Newcastle have conceded only once in those games while the 26-year-old right back has settled into the team seamlessly, it would be something of a surprise to not see Yedlin’s name listed in its usual spot come Sunday when Newcastle host Wolves.
Timothy Weah: Lille vs. Bordeaux, Saturday, 8:30 AM
Weah is back in training, and there’s at least a chance that he’ll be back in the Lille matchday squad Saturday against Bordeaux. It’s more likely that he’s a week or two away, but the dynamic young forward is certainly making progress in his recovery from a hamstring tear.
Turkish Super Lig
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas vs. Galatasaray, Sunday, 9:00 AM
Boyd got a start in the Europa League this week, but he had an up-and-down showing and couldn’t help Besiktas to a win as they fell 2-1 at home to Braga. It’s doubtful that he did enough to put himself into the squad for this weekend’s huge match with fellow giants Galatasaray. Boyd simply needs to start taking advantage of the opportunities he’s being given, or he’ll stop getting them soon.
Sergino Dest: Ajax vs. Feyenoord, Sunday, 8:45 AM
Dest went a full 90 minutes in the midweek against Chelsea in the UCL, but there’s no reason he can’t run out another full shift this weekend against Feyenoord. The more pressing issue for Dest is whether or not he will even be on this list next week. Rumor has it that the 18-year-old right back is set to decide his international fate this week, choosing between the USMNT and the Netherlands. Stay tuned.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge vs. Standard Liege, Sunday, 6:30 AM
Starter Simon Mignolet conceded five in the midweek, but that was against PSG in the Champions League. Mignolet has been Brugge’s number one choice all season, and with the side sitting in first place, he’s all but a lock to start in front of Horvath again this week. It’s highly likely Horvath won’t play again until Brugge’s Belgain Cup match on December 4.
Danish Super League
Jonathan Amon: Nordsjaelland at OB, Sunday, 6:00 AM
After Amon picked up yet another muscle injury last week, it’s unlikely he sees the field for Nordsjaelland this weekend. The 20-year-old has had a rough go with injuries so far this year.
Bobby Wood: Hamburg vs. Stuttgart, Saturday, 4:00 AM
Wood is consistently making the Hamburg roster but finding it nearly impossible to get off the bench. After two draws, the first-place side may be looking for a shakeup, but even so, Hamburg leads the league in goals scored, so that probably would happen at another position. It looks like Wood is in for another long slog of a season in the 2. Bundesliga.
Tim Ream: Fulham at Middlesbrough, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Despite playing 180 minutes on the international break, Ream ran another 180 minutes combined over last Saturday against Stoke and a midweek fixture with Luton Town. The stalwart center back is clearly one of the first names on the team sheet every week and should be at the heart of the defense on the road this weekend. Fulham are aiming up the table with 10 points in their last five games; the Cottagers are in seventh, but they are just two points out of second in a desperately tight Championship race.
Duane Holmes: Derby County at Hull City, Saturday, 7:00 AM
In Derby’s last four fixtures, Holmes has started two and subbed on in the other pair, so regardless if he starts or not, the midfielder is getting a consistent run in Phillip Cocu’s side. Holmes is clearly right on the edge of the XI, so if he will start is anybody’s guess. After starting in a midweek win against Wigan, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Cocu get his freshest legs in the lineup and have Holmes try to again be a be a gamechanger later in the fixture.
Matt Miazga: Reading at Nottingham Forest, Saturday, 7:00 AM
Miazga wasn’t a top choice for Reading to start the season, but after starting the last three straight matches and scoring a 97th-minute winner last weekend, the center back seems to be firmly planted in the middle of the setup. He started on Tuesday in a draw against QPR and should again get a full 90 minutes this weekend against Forest.
Antonee Robinson: Wigan at Bristol City, Sunday, 6:30 AM
There’s little to no doubt that Robinson will be starting at left back this weekend for 19th-place Wigan. The 22-year old has started every game for the Tics this season and has logged all 90 minutes in all but one. He’s central to the Wigan team and has been a bright spot for a struggling side. After losing in stoppage time to Derby in the midweek, Robinson and co. will need to pick up quickly visiting fourth-place Bristol City.